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USAID donates 17,500 cartons of RUTF to Bauchi in fight against malnutrition


USAID donates 17,500 cartons of RUTF to Bauchi in fight against malnutrition

Story from Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi

Bauchi State Government has received  17,500 cartons of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to aid the fight against malnutrition.

Receiving the items on Thursday, the Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Auwal Jatau, explained that  the interventions of USAID in Bauchi in critical areas of human development has reinforced the commitment of the present administration to deliver effective, sustainable solutions to challenges in the health sector including malnutrition.

During the official handing over of 17,500 cartons of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) donated by USAID to the Bauchi State Government held at Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, the deputy governor said to reciprocate the gesture, the administration of Governor Bala Mohammed remains committed to MoU obligations as it will continue to demonstrate leadership and high sense of political will to ensure effective healthcare coverage.

He said that the generosity of USAID in providing 17,500 cartons of RUTF is a significant milestone in the collective efforts to address malnutrition and its devastating effects, saying that the therapeutic food ensures that children suffering from severe malnutrition can regain their health and lead promising and fulfilling lives.

Jatau said the USAID’s commitment to providing the RUTF is a testament to its understanding of the tremendous difference the intervention can make in transforming not only individual lives, but also the future of the state as the donation of the cartons of the RUTF marks a significant turning point in the state government’s battle against malnutrition in Bauchi.

“This donation is a testament to the tireless efforts and unwavering commitment of USAID to the well-being of our people. However, we must remember that this is just the beginning. Our fight against malnutrition requires sustained efforts and collaborations from all stakeholders to ensure that no child in our state falls victim to this preventable tragedy.

“As we all know, malnutrition remains a serious challenge in our society, particularly among the most vulnerable children. Malnutrition hampers not only the physical growth of our young ones, but also their cognitive development, leading to long-term consequences that hinder their potential. However, with the assistance and partnership of USAID, we are actively working towards combating malnutrition in our state.

“I would like to express my deepest gratitude to USAID for the numerous interventions and support towards the development of our dear Bauchi state. USAID has consistently demonstrated dedication to alleviating the suffering of our people through implementation of programmes. We have to make it very clear at this event that as Government, we appreciates the support and partnership with USAID in the areas of transparency and accountability, heathcare and education and hope that it will continue.”

The Deputy Governor told the USAID officials that Governor Bala Mohammed appreciated the ongoing partnership with the organisation and stressed the need for various development partners, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, and all well-meaning individuals to join hands and work together to support the well-being of children by ensuring they have access to nutritious food, adequate healthcare, and a bright future.

The Mission Director of the USAID, Melissa Jones, said the donation of the cartons of the RUTF was as a result of the state government’s commitment to ensuring that RUTF and other essential saving commodities are available to those who needed them.

“In response to the critical need to address malnutrition problem, the United States Government through the U.S Agency for International Development procured the cartons of the RUTF to assist in the treatment of severe acute malnourished children in Bauchi State. This is in addition to other technical assistance provided to the state for health system strengthening, and training of personnel on prevention and management of severe acute malnutrition.”

The Deputy Governor was accompanied by the Commissioner of Health, Dr Adamu Sambo; Emir of Dass, Usman Bilyaminu Othman; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Idris Saleh; Executive Secretary, State Health Contributory Agency; Dr Mansur Dada and the Managing Director of the State Drugs Agency, Pharmacist Abdulkadir among others.

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